• Animals in Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lankan Animals, Animals of Sri Lanka

Leatherback Turtle

The Leatherback Sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) is known as the largest of all living turtles and the fourth heaviest modern day reptile. It can be recognized by its large grayish-black teardrop shaped body covered by skin and oily flesh and the seven prominent ridges that run from the front to the back of its body.

The Leatherback sea turtle grows up to seven feet (two meters) and is known to weigh over 2000 pounds (900 kg). Its hydrodynamic body shape along with a large pair of front flippers helps it to move strongly through the water, where it feeds mainly on jellyfish and other small sea animals.